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2 Killed In Sierra Nat'l Forest Shooting

BASS LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- A SWAT team surrounded a home in rural Madera County Wednesday night after two people were shot and killed at a resort restaurant near the Sierra National Forest, authorities said.

SWAT officers went to the home after two women were fatally shot around 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ducey's on the Lake, a restaurant on Bass Lake, said Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart.

The suspect fled to the home after the shooting, but because the home is in a heavily wooded area, authorities did not know if the suspect fled into the nearby woods, or remained inside the home. The home is about three miles away from the restaurant.

The suspect's car and fresh footprints were found near the home, according to Stuart.

"He was in the house earlier," she said.

Madera County authorities have not released the name of the two women, or of the suspect. It's not known what sparked the shooting.

One of the victims was found dead in the kitchen of the restaurant, while the second victim was found inside a van parked in front of the restaurant, Stuart said.

The restaurant is on the edge of the Sierra National Forest, about 50 miles north of Fresno.

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